Perłow Alter

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Perlov.AlterPerlow Alter Yisrael Shimon of Novominsk [pol. Nowomińsk, Mińsk Mazowiecki] (1875[1876?] – 1833) – eldest son of R. Yakov, he and his twin sister, Reyzl (the mother of the late Prof. Abraham Joshua Heschel), were born in Novominsk. In 1893 he married Feygah Dinah Twersky of Azarnits [pol. Jeziornica?]. When his father died in 1902, he succeeded his as Rebbe.

In 1916 he left Novominsk and settled in Warsaw. His home at Franciszkańska 10 became one of the thriving centers of Hasidim. He knew by heart the whole of the Mishnayot. Toward the end of his life, he studied twenty-one chapters each day. On the Shabbet he spoke only Hebrew; a tipical shalshides would last three hours. On Kol Nidre night he recited aloud the entire book of Psalms.

He was associated with the Aguda and participated in many Aguda conventions held in Warszaw. He supported the daily newspaper „Yidisher Togblat" and was active in the Moetset Gdolei haTora. From his famous forefathers he inherited a remarkable legacy: from R. Shlomoh Khayim of Koydanov [pol. Kojdanów], prayerfulness; from R. Levi Yitskhak of Berditshev [pol. Berdyczów], love of humanity; from R Pinkhas of Korets [pol. Korzec], love of music; and from his father, diligence and a phenomenal memory. He ate only twice a day, at two o'clock in the afternoon and midnight. Often he refused to eat at all. „I am more than satiated witk all troubles I have heard the whole day long."

He died at the age of fifty eight while stydying mishnayot and was buried in Warsaw. He left volumes of writhings, but most of the manuscripts perished in the Holocaust. However, in 1933 his commentary on the Haggadah was published in Warsaw and subsequently reprinted in New York in 1961 and 1992. His work Tiferet Ish on Festivals was published in Jerusalem in 1969. A number of his discourses are to be found in VeYa'an Yosef (Jerusalem 1971).

He was survived by twelve children. His wife, his daughter Malkah, an his son R. Yakov perished in Majdanek on 23 Elul 1943. His youngest son, R. Yosef, who succeeded him, died in Bergen-Belsen. His daughter Yentl, who married R. Yudah Arye of Ostrog [pol. Ostróg], and her childern perished in the Holocaust. His other two sons were R. Aron (d. 1963) and R. Nakhum Mordekhai, who was rabbi of Novominsk in New York. Other daughters were Shayndl Brokhah (d. 1963), who married R. Natan David Rabinowicz of London; Dvoyre (d. 1922), who married R. Yitskhak Eleazar Eichenstein (d. 1993); Shifkhah (d. 1977), who married R. Abraham Yitskhak Twersky; and Nekhamah (d. 1989), who married R. Yoel Teitelbaum; his daughter Sarah is married to R. Moshe Eichenstein of Chicago.

The Encyclopedia of Hasidim, London 1996, pp. 362-363.

 

Perlow Alter Yisrael Shimon of Novominsk [pol. Nowomińsk, Mińsk Mazowiecki] (1875[1876?] –  1833) – eldest son of R. Yakov, he and his twin sister, Reyzl (the mother of the late Prof. Abraham Joshua Heschel), were born in Novominsk. In 1893 he married Feygah Dinah Twersky of Azarnits [pol. Jeziornica?]. When his father died in 1902, he succeeded his as Rebbe.

In 1916 he left Novominsk and settled in Warsaw. His home at Franciszkańska 10 became one of the thriving centers of Hasidim. He knew by heart the whole of the Mishnayot. Toward the end of his life, he studied twenty-one chapters each day. On the Shabbet he spoke only Hebrew; a tipical shalshides would last three hours. On Kol Nidre night he recited aloud the entire book of Psalms.

He was associated with the Aguda and participated in many Aguda conventions held in Warszaw. He supported the daily newspaper „Yidisher Togblat” and was active in the Moetset Gdolei haTora. From his famous forefathers he inherited a remarkable legacy: from R. Shlomoh Khayim of Koydanov [pol. Kojdanów], prayerfulness; from R. Levi Yitskhak of Berditshev [pol. Berdyczów], love of humanity; from R Pinkhas of Korets [pol. Korzec], love of music; and from his father, diligence and a phenomenal memory. He ate only twice a day, at two o'clock in the afternoon and midnight. Often he refused to eat at all. „I am more than satiated witk all troubles I have heard the whole day long.”

He died at the age of fifty eight while stydying mishnayot and was buried in Warsaw. He left volumes of writhings, but most of the manuscripts perished in the Holocaust. However, in 1933 his commentary on the Haggadah was published in Warsaw and subsequently reprinted in New York in 1961 and 1992. His work Tiferet Ish on Festivals was published in Jerusalem in 1969. A number of his discourses are to be found in VeYa'an Yosef (Jerusalem 1971).

He was survived by twelve children. His wife, his daughter Malkah, an his son R. Yakov perished in Majdanek on 23 Elul 1943. His youngest son, R. Yosef, who succeeded him, died in Bergen-Belsen. His daughter Yentl, who married R. Yudah Arye of Ostrog [pol. Ostróg], and her childern perished in the Holocaust. His other two sons were R. Aron (d. 1963) and R. Nakhum Mordekhai, who was rabbi of Novominsk in New York. Other daughters were Shayndl Brokhah (d. 1963), who married R. Natan David Rabinowicz of London; Dvoyre (d. 1922), who married R. Yitskhak Eleazar Eichenstein (d. 1993); Shifkhah (d. 1977), who married R. Abraham Yitskhak Twersky; and Nekhamah (d. 1989), who married R. Yoel Teitelbaum; his daughter Sarah is married to R. Moshe Eichenstein of Chicago.

 

The Encyclopedia of Hasidim, London 1996, pp. 362-363.

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